Desperately Seeking Susan

No classic, but still a lot of fun, Susan Seidelman’s 1985 screwball-meets-East Village comedy Desperately Seeking Susan broke just as Madonna was climbing the charts and showcases her pre-superstar charm. A credible Rosanna Arquette is the bored, neglected Long Island housewife who suffers amnesia, causing her to be mistaken for said Susan. Aidan Quinn, one handsome dude at that stage in his career, then falls for the unwitting imposter—despite her bad reputation. Despite all the silly coincidences and a rather ragged third act that sews everything up, Susan remains one of the more engaging romantic comedies of its period, an ’80s flashback worth taking. In its own way, the film is Seidelman’s love letter to the downtown NYC scene, hence a companion piece to Scorsese’s similar but more darkly comic After Hours (also with Arquette), which came out the same year. Movie begin at dusk. (PG-13) BRIAN MILLER

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